“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the
universe to know itself.”
― Carl Sagan
Andrea collect the beauty of nature, and pass it on in her jewelry so that people can wear it.
Andrea Muribø is a jewelry artist, who despite her young age already has a remarkable range of art exhibitions on her resume. Andreas art is based on nature, and the ambition to reconnect human respect for nature.
Jewelry art is among the oldest art forms. There are found remnants of jewelry more than 75 000 years old. Jewelry was used as protection against evil, for fertility, as medicine and as status symbols. In various Indian cultures, jewelry is commonly used for strength, with elements from animal teeth, feathers, bones, claws, fur and leather jewelry. Wearing parts of different animals are considered to transfer some of their strength to the one who wear the jewelry.
I have always sought nature, Andrea says, - the forest, the sky, the sea. The vast infinite, against the microscopic. How everything is connected. I find that nature speaks to me, she says. I feel closely related to indigenous people. Their intuitive way to relate to nature is also mine.
Materials are everywhere and Andrea collect them wherever she travels, whether on trips around the world, or a walk in the neighborhood. At her workshop antlers, horns, rocks, seaweed, shells, metals, wood, glass and litter are neatly sorted and displayed. Raw and processed objects are presented interchangeably.
A LOGO MADE OF STARS
As Andrea will attend the Milan Design Week in April (otherwise referred to as the world's major design exhibition) she contacted me to develop a logo and a business card for the exhibition.
When we discuss the basis for her logo we are having an interesting dialogue on what a logo should be like, what it should symbolize and how it can be similar to jewelry.
Making jewelry is quite intimate. The jewelry it supposed to be worn on someone's body, and will in various ways affect the person carrying it. Andrea shows me a series moles she has on the body.
I've always had lots of moles, and they have actually meant a lot to me. My personal natural decoration. It is as if they are in a position or relation to each other, a kind of pattern that repeats itself. I have considered these moles as symbols for something. Almost like a map, or a mirror of the stars in the universe. It provides a perspective on life to imagine that a part of the universe is reflected on me.
Perhaps these moles also have been influencing Andreas choice of being an jewelry artist. They were at least initially for Andreas logo. A kind of star symbol shaped like an A, based on her star chart of moles. Deeply personal, and at the same time a part of the infinite universe.
I'm thinking that maybe we should no longer wear jewelry for our own protection, but perhaps in the future wear our jewelry to reflect on the fact that it now seems like the nature are the one in need of our protection?
Milan Design Week taking place from 4 to 9. April.